PhD Position: Silicon Carbide Power Electronics

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PhD Position: Silicon Carbide Power Electronics

The Advanced Power Semiconductor Laboratory (APS) at the Department of Information Technology (D-ITET) is looking for a PhD candidate working on wide-bandgap semiconductor research involving device fabrication and characterization.

Project background

With the continuous increase of the worldwide power consumption, energy efficiency is a primary concern of our modern society. Wide-bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide (SiC) are promising candidates to increase the efficiency of power electronic systems by replacing conventional Si devices. However, despite their successful entrance into the power electronic market, a number of issues have to be resolved to realize the full potential of this material.

Job description

This project focuses on the investigation of material and device properties of silicon carbide. Optimization of established device fabrication methods as well as the development of electrical characterization methods will deepen the understanding of current performance limitations of SiC devices.

We strongly support participation at international conferences and offer a salary according to ETH standards , excellent benefits as well as outstanding research and laboratory facilities for your experiments. This PhD position requires regular commuting to the Paul-Scherrer-Institut (PSI) and the Binning and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center (BRNC) outside of Zurich.

Your profile

Applicants for this position are expected to have a very good MSc degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or related disciplines and a solid background in semiconductor physics.

  • Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following topics are an advantage:
  • Wide-bandgap semiconductors
  • Cleanroom process engineering
  • Electrical device characterization
  • Reliability testing

We are looking for highly motivated, creative, and committed candidates with excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written. The ability to combine strong individual research with teamwork within the project completes your profile.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, copies of Bachelor and Master’s degree transcripts, a CV and the names and contact information of at least two referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information regarding the position and the group, please contact Judith Wörle at woerle [at] aps[.]ee[.] (no applications) and visit our website .


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47467.

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